Hope International University is a small, private college in Southern California that is affiliated with the nondenominational Church of Christ. Founded as Pacific Christian College in 1928, Hope subsequently expanded to four campuses offering degrees at all educational levels. Hope International U. (as the school was renamed in 1997) is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WESC) and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Hope offers a broad range of study options in Christian service and is a popular choice for aspiring clergy members.
Students may choose between associate, undergraduate, graduate and adult study certification programs. While many degree programs are designed for ministry work, general liberal arts degree programs are also available; education and music study are two of the most popular options. Total enrollment is about 1,400 students and student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1; as a result, the learning environment is closely knit. The main campus in Fullerton is supplemented by satellite schools in Orange, Calif., and Corona, Calf., and Everett, Wash.
Online study options are spread throughout Hope’s various programs, and many degrees may be earned partially or completely with Hope International University’s online classes. Students who wish to pursue a degree strictly online may choose from:
1. B.S. in Business Administration
2. B.S. in Human Development
3. B.S. in Christian Ministry
4. M.S. in Management
5. M.A. in Ministry
6. M.A. in Education
7. M.Ed. in Elementary, Secondary or Gifted and Talented Education
Undergraduate students are encouraged to continue study at Hope via the Fast Track program. After a potential master’s degree program is selected, undergraduate students may take up to nine course units that count towards both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. In some programs, utilizing the Fast Track option can complete up to a quarter of postgraduate degree requirements before a candidate even begins a master’s program.
Hope’s administration believes in fostering leadership among its graduates, as well adult learners who may wish to refine their existing skill sets. The School of Advanced Leadership Training (SALT) program offers a short series of online courses at HIU that are administered in collaboration with individual churches. SALT participants focus on professional growth, biblical knowledge, and leadership development. While designed primarily for ministry staff, any church member may take part in this program.
Student life at Hope includes student service groups and special-interest clubs, and many extracurricular activities are faith-based. Bible study groups, prayer sessions and special worship nights are scheduled for on-campus residents. Easy beach access to the Fullerton campus naturally lends itself to bonfires, beach volleyball and surfing; resident advisors commonly schedule games and friendly beach competitions among students.
Hope International University has expanded its campus locations and course offerings over the years, but the school has retained its core image: an intimate learning center where students can broaden their academic and spiritual perspectives. And thanks to a wide selection of online degree programs, HIU’s academic success should continue for years to come.